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NEW JERSEY

     
  State population (2000 census)
8,414,350
     
  Population receiving a FM public radio signal
8,376,559
99.6%
  (from both in and out-of-state stations)
  Population in uncovered FM areas
  37,791
     
  Stations in State FM stations
17
    FM translators
5
    AM stations
0
     
  1989 PTFP Study: Population receiving a
    FM public radio signal
6,237,000
85%
       
         

Broadcast Coverage Maps

FM Stations - Detail         FM Stations - Printable

AM Stations - Detail         AM Stations - Printable


Public Radio Stations in State

Main stations in bold followed by associated repeaters and translators
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters
Location in ( ) - actual location of transmitting facilities
N - New facility since 1989 study     # - Station now meets study criteria

FM Stations
WRTQ1 91.3 Atlantic City    WNJB N 89.3 Bridgeton
WNTI # 91.9 Hackettstown    WNJZ N 90.3 Cape May
WFMU # 91.1 Jersey City    WNJM N 89.9 Manahawkin
WBJB N 90.5 Lincroft    WNJP N 88.5 Sussex
WBGO 88.3 Newark WWFM 89.1 Trenton
WBZC N 88.9 Pemberton    WWCJ N 89.1 Cape May
   W236AF N 95.1 Burlington    WWNJ N 91.1 Dover Twp
WSOU # 89.5 South Orange    W230AA N 93.9 Atlantic City
WNJT N 88.1 Trenton    W245AC N 96.9 Harmony Twp
   WNJN N 89.7 Atlantic City    W289AA N 105.7 Lebanon Twp
   WNJS N 88.1 Berlin    W300AC N 107.9 Chatsworth

AM Stations  

None  

1 Operated by WRTI, Philadelphia, PA.

General Comments

New Jersey enjoys the most extensive public radio coverage of any state. Coverage is provided by the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, a statewide public radio and television system, as well as three universities, three community colleges and two non-profit organizations.  Residents of northeast New Jersey also receive multiple public radio signals from New York City stations, while residents of central New Jersey are able to listen to programming from several Philadelphia public radio stations. 

FM Service  

Significant progress has been made in providing New Jersey residents with public radio services.  In the 1989 PTFP study, only two public radio stations met the study criteria.  In 2003, 17 stations and five translators provide public radio services throughout the state. The New Jersey Network constructed seven radio stations statewide and Mercer County Community College constructed two stations and four translators.  Three stations that were broadcasting in 1989 but did not meet PTFP's study criteria have been upgraded and are included in this report.  These facilities are indicated by # on the list of public radio stations.

WBZC Pemberton has been issued a construction permit to relocate its transmitter and extend coverage in Burlington and Ocean counties.  The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority has a construction permit application pending with the FCC for the activation of a repeater station in Tom's River in Ocean County. 

The percentage of the state's population that can receive a public radio signal increased from 85% in 1989 to 99.6 % currently.  The number of people outside the range of a public radio signal decreased from 1,128,000 in 1989 to 37,971.    

AM Service

While there are no public AM stations located in the state, WNYC New York covers all or portions of nine counties in northeast New Jersey: Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean.    

Service from Adjacent States

WRTQ Atlantic City repeats programming from WRTI Philadelphia.  As already noted, New Jersey receives significant coverage from public radio stations in New York City and Philadelphia.

Unserved Areas

Region A

This unserved area of Sussex County contains less than 1,000 people and includes the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and several state parks.

Region B  

Half the state's unserved population, some 20,000 people, reside in Passaic and Morris counties in the northern portion of the state.  The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority has a construction permit application pending with the FCC for the activation of a repeater station at Netcong in Morris County.  

Region C 

Portions of Hunterdon and Somerset counties contain 12,000 people who cannot receive public radio service.  The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority has a construction permit application pending with the FCC for the activation of a repeater station at Bernardsville in Somerset County.

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